Amazing Race: The Bitter Review

LIke me except more sweating and less walking.

LIke me except more sweating and less walking.

Yesterday, I was inside most of the day watching our LDS Worldwide Church Conference on TV.  My kids were bugging each other all day, so I decided to take them outside so I could see what the outdoors looked like.  We were really ambitious and decided to go on a walk.  After losing my breath after the first few steps I told them to go on without me.  I waited for them to get all the way to the end of the street and then walked back with them.  I made it back alive, so I decided to tell them to go to bed while I stayed up with my wife to watch other people struggle walking in The The Amazing Race.

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Why is that person helping the other?  If you did it by yourself you would get more of the money!

Here is my bitter review of the show “The Amazing Race”

The plot:  We see the thrilling moments of racing around the world, like the “waiting in the airport” scenes, to the yelling of “Taxi” to cab drivers.  My favorite part of the show is when they are sleeping on the bus or the waiting for boat to open in the morning scenes.  The problem with this show, is that they decided to shows the glamour of worldwide travel. It is when they start running and competing and getting along really well that this show loses me.

I need more standing around posing and less running and competing.

I need more scowling at each other and less running and competing.

The actors:  Pairs of complete idiots that compete in a race around the world.  They range anywhere from “actors” who can’t act, to fathers and daughters who don’t communicate, to baseball wives that don’t know anything about baseball. Also, I like how the teams are really good at obeying instructions like walking to a pit stop instead of getting a ride there, or not paying their cab driver enough money.  This is where this show excels.  When people do dumb stuff like wait for a later bus, because they were promised that it would get to a place two hours earlier than another team. This year we have a pair that actually get along.  How am I supposed to cheer for a couple that says nice things to each other, gets along with other teams and respects the local cab drivers, travel agents and bus drivers?  How about a little disrespect for local people that are doing really crappy jobs for so little money.  If you can’t disrespect people in other countries, how are you going to disrespect people back home when you get back?

The view of them struggling and sweating.

The view of them struggling and sweating.

Cinematography: The camera work is great because most of it is done by the contestants themselves.  Most of the time you get a shaky fisheye view of someone sweating and struggling.  It completely captures the anguish of someone having to travel to a beautiful paradise and their struggle of not having to go to work for three weeks and going on a free trip around the world.  Also the pain of having to spend time with your spouse doing things like hang gliding and going on free airplane rides.

Overall:  This show does a pretty good job of showing the grime and grit of the world, but I need to see more.  I need to see these contestants suffer, argue and fight more.  When they get to a pit stop they should not be excited to be together, or learn things like “we need to communicate better”.  They need to be crying, bickering and telling each other that they never should have come on this race and decide to go on “The Bachelor” or “Big Brother”.

I give Amazing Race: 5 bitter rhubarbs out of 7.  They do a decent job of getting the couples to be angry at each other, but they don’t go far enough.  And the thrilling races and exciting events happen too often, when I want to see more sitting around waiting and sleeping.

Arrrggghhhh

Bitter Racing Ben

 

98 thoughts on “Amazing Race: The Bitter Review

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  2. I think I watched one episode of that show a VERY long time ago.
    I guess the concept is pretty cool, but it just wasn’t my thing.
    (Maybe I can be bitter about that??) >.>

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  3. Maybe the Amazing race needs to change the teams to three people like separated husband and wife accompanied by divorce lawyer, or constantly at odds dad and daughter with family therapist, or daughter’s weird goth boyfriend. It could get interesting…

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  4. I watched a couple of episodes from the show because someone from my town was a contestant. The whole thing always seems like a montage from a movie they never let you see. Thankfully, I have seasons 1-47 of the Yule Log and don’t have to depend on modern TV for my entertainment needs. Do they have the Yule Log in Canada? If not, maybe I can buy the rights and air the Canadian version of a log burning in a fireplace. Probably just need to swap out the American log for a Canadian one.

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  5. Does your wife enjoy watching TV with you? Just curious because you sound a lot like my husband who rants at the stupid people on reality shows (and some scripted shows). It drives me nuts.

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  6. So-called reality shows such as this one make me bitter. I don’t watch them, except if I happen to catch them accidentally, and then it’s only to make fun of it. Reality shows are a large part of what is wrong with our society – people want to spend a few weeks on a vacation, acting dysfunctional and shirty, and then become famous for it. Instead of becoming famous for actual talent, or for studying hard or working hard. Really.

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  7. I love a lot of reality shows. Survivor, Big Brother…but I have never managed to sit down and watch more than a few seconds of Amazing Race. I’m much too exhausted to even watch other people race around. And if they aren’t arguing, where’s the entertainment?

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  8. i would be happy to join a team if i didn’t have to navigate or eat gross things. i would contribute by communicating in a friendly way with the locals and find our way in that manner.

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  9. I love this show! I did notice that this season’s contestant were not good at following directions. especially those doctors (gasp). I cringe when they act stupid in front of foreigners or are ignorant towards them, hence the name of “the ugly American”. It’s a good show, yes. I’m gonna keep watching it, darn it! 😛

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        • I have to say that I like that she totally promised those girls the pass and now in the previews she is getting in a fight with them. Also her boyfriend can hardly stand her. Here’s hoping she makes it close to the end.

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        • Of course, the producers love to put in a couple people love to hate and THEY are this season’s couple for that. I know, I noticed that too. Did she say to them, “You are dead to me!” or was that the other team that they promised the express pass to? Haha, no wonder they broke up. She’s a mess. But we shall see how far they go. They are extremely competitive!

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        • I wish, but I’m pretty sure that was it for me. I do reviews but of just random bitter things. I just so happened to not have any ideas for Monday and I watched it the night before. I’ll leave that to people that review movies….hmmm show could we get for that….you! That is a great idea!

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        • Pfff! I rarely do movie reviews. I do them once in a while to satisfy my bloggers who are straight up movie bloggers. I also do them now so that my son can also join in and add his voice to the movie. He’s my favorite movie partner. We have loads of fun watching movies!

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        • I love watching movies, but I don’t like reviewing them. I look at how they make me feel and how much I like the characters. Critics have hated so many of the movies I love, so I don’t like most of them.

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  10. The Amazing Race is one of the only reality shows I’ll watch. I like to see all of the other countries. And usually there’s at least one team that is happy enough about the experience to make it worthwhile, and at least one team that screws up SO ROYALLY (i.e., the team last night that stole a guy’s shoeshine stand and took off with it BY ACCIDENT) that I can laugh at their misfortune in a most pleasing way. It’s a win all around for me.

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  11. I don’t watch that crap. I’d rather spend time reading and commenting on your bitter blog entries. On a scale of 1 (rotten to the core) to 10 (more than excellent use of my time) reality shows are a -1 to me.

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  12. This is one reality show I’ve actually never watched a full episode of, if you can imagine such a thing. Based on this, though, I think you’d appreciate the bitterness of MTV’s The Challenge.

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